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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (April 12, 2015)
business contest winners, global scholarship, VPN update, bike commuting, technology showcase, Lotte Lenya competition



River Campus Undergraduate with Meningitis Recovering

A River Campus student recently diagnosed with bacterial meningitis has been released from the hospital and is recovering. It appears to be an isolated case and no other cases at the University have been identified. Last week, University Health Service worked with the Monroe County Department of Public Health to follow up with individuals who may have had prolonged direct contact with the student and provide preventive medication (prophylaxis) to those individuals as appropriate.

Rochester Teams Advance to Statewide Business Competition

Twelve University teams competed in the semifinalist presentation round of the third annual 2015 Finger Lakes Regional Contest of the New York Business Plan Competition. Two Rochester teams were selected as finalists—Cλ, which includes Seth Reining ’15 (MS in TEAM),Anthony Yee ’15 (MS in TEAM) and PhD candidate in optics, Xiangzhi Yu, PhD candidate in mechanical engineering, and Yang Zhao, PhD candidate in optics); and Cataract Innovations, which includes Brian Ayers ’16S (MBA) and MD candidate; Eryn Fennig, PhD candidate in optics; and Sarah Walters ’15 (MS in TEAM) and PhD candidate in optics—were selected as finalists. The Rochester teams join 10 other finalist teams from the Finger Lakes region who have advanced to the statewide intercollegiate New York Business Plan Competition in Albany on April 24, where they will vie for $500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

Applications Open for Global Scholarship Program

The Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence supports overseas PhD students to undertake short-term research attachments of at least a month at Chinese University of Hong Kong (under a host supervisor). Free on-campus accommodation will be provided during the visit. The application deadline is April 24. Read more...

Enter Your Business Plan for Mark Ain Competition by April 15

Submit your business plans to the ninth annual Mark Ain Business Model Competition. First place will win $10,000; second place will receive $2,500; and third place will get $1,000. A team of up to five students may submit one plan and students may submit a business plan that was written for a current or past course. Submissions must be submitted electronically to Susanna Virgilio at the Center for Entrepreneurship by 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 15. Ten semifinalist teams will be selected to present their business plans on April 30. From the semifinalist presentations, the pool will be narrowed to five finalist teams who will have a chance to win cash prizes during the competition on May 13. See the submission guidelines.

Mt. Hope Celebration of College Town

Explore Mt. Hope Avenue and celebrate the grand opening of College Town on April 24 and 25. The Mt. Hope Celebration of College Town will feature live music, entertainment, children's activities, carnival games, food and beverage tastings, tours, and giveaways. Details are available on the event's Facebook page.

Pianist Performs Links Scholarship Concert

Eastman School graduate student Leonard Otis Hayes, this year’s recipient of the annual scholarship awarded by the Rochester chapter of the Links Incorporated, will present a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Kilbourn Hall. The award recognizes and celebrates the talent and academic achievement of an African-American scholar-musician at the Eastman School. Read more...

Reminder: Upgrade VPN/Remote Access by April 30

University IT is upgrading the University’s virtual private network (VPN) to enhance security and better protect remote access to University resources. When you connect to the University network from off campus after April 30, you will need to use a new VPN client and take a second action to verify your identity before you are connected. Follow the instructions on the VPN website to update your computer and/or mobile device by April 30. Read more...

Spotlight on Diversity: 'Out at Work' Conference

On Friday, May 1, the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies will host "Out at Work," a daylong conference to address the need for public dialogue regarding the support of LGBTQ identified professionals in their career development. Read more about the conference in the latest Spotlight on DiversityLearn more about diversity at the University in future installments of Spotlight on Diversity.

Clean and Go Green: Your Facebook Friends List

There is a wealth of information available on your Facebook account that can be used for identity theft. University IT advises you to go through your friends list and ask yourself “Do I really know this person? Would I trust them with my personal information?” Do you have ideas that should be shared as security tips of the week? Send them to

This Week


Move-it Monday

Healthy Monday at UR is hosting its monthly Move-it Monday in the Goergen Athletic Center from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 13. They will be handing out workouts and other free stuff. The Society of Undergraduate Public Health Students  is cosponsoring the event. If you can't make it, check out Healthy Monday at UR on Facebook for more material.

Queer Students of Color Discussion Group

Graduate students are invited to join the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center for a discussion about intersectional issues that queer people of color face. It is the first meeting of the Queer Students of Color Discussion Group, which will meet on a regular basis next semester. The goal is to create a group where queer students of color feel comfortable and accepted and can talk about issues they face on campus, in the workplace, at home, or anywhere else. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Douglass Leadership House main lounge.

Meet with an Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Seeking advice from a seasoned entrepreneur? Take advantage of the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program. Gregg Steinberg, managing director of Charlemagne Global Advisory and serial entrepreneur, will hold office hours on Monday, April 13, from noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All April office hours will be held in 3-131 Carol Simon Hall. Appointments are required and can be scheduled online or by calling (585) 276-3500.

Learn the Basics of Bike Commuting

The New York Bicycling Coalition will educate interested riders on safety, gear, tips, and incentives available through the UR Connections program. The Bike Commuting 101 Workshop will be held Tuesday, April 14, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons, and Wednesday, April 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), Medical Center. Learn more about the University’s biking programs.

2015 University Technology Showcase Is April 16

Attend the 2015 University Technology Showcase on Thursday, April 16, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1111 Jefferson Road. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. The poster session is an opportunity for university researchers to present their work to industry as well as other researchers and organizations that promote economic development. The objective is to stimulate discussions that may lead to industry-university collaboration. View the list of abstracts and universities represented at the event.

Open Sessions with Emmy Award–Winning Composer Jeff Beal

Jeff Beal ’85E, whose music can be heard on House of Cards and The Dovekeepers, will be in-residence at Eastman School this week. 
Thursday, April 16: Beal and Professor Emeritus Donald Hunsberger talk about composing and performing film music, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sproull Atrium in Miller Center; Beal and his wife, vocalist Joan Beal ’84E, describe life beyond Eastman and building careers, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Howard Hanson Hall in the main building.
Friday, April 17: Beal and Professor Jonathan Baldo discuss scores for Alfred Hitchcock’s films, 12:35 to 1:35 p.m., Ciminelli Lounge in the Eastman Student Living Center.
Beal's visit ends with a free evening of film and film music on Sunday, April 19, at 8 p.m. in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Diversity Conference Keynote to Be Streamed Live

The University's 2015 Diversity Conference "From Bystander to Ally" is Friday, April 17. Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, filmmaker, and immigration activist, will give the keynote address at 9:15 a.m. Watch his address live at The conference includes 18 workshops on diversity and inclusion. Join the conversation at #URdiversity.

Eastman School Hosts Lotte Lenya Competition

Fourteen young singer-actors from the United States and Europe will compete for the top prize in the finals of the 2015 Lotte Lenya competition, which will be held at Eastman School’s Kilbourn Hall on Saturday, April 18. Both the daytime finals and the evening concert are free and open to the public. Read more...

Family Science Day Set for April 18

STEM Initiative, a student club that engages with local middle school students to inspire them to pursue studies and careers in STEM fields, is hosting Family Science Day on Saturday, April 18. The event welcomes local families and schools to visit Rettner Hall on the River Campus between 1 and 4 p.m. to see demonstrations, engage in workshops, and participate in experiments. More than 30 student organizations will be participating in the event, which is free and open to all ages.

Visiting Scientist to Give Two Lectures

Susan Ross, interim chair and professor of microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennysylvania, will present two talks at the Medical Center this week. The first is the "Mouse Models for Studying APOBEC3-Mediated Restriction of Virus Infection," which she'll present at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Auditorium K-307 (3-6408) as part of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Seminar Series. She will also discuss "The Best-Laid Schemes of Mice and Women Rarely Go Awry" at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425) at the Graduate Women in Science Meeting.

Rochester In The News


Wanted: A Rise in Prestige

Chronicle of Higher Education (April 6)
Andrew Ainslie, who became dean of the Simon Business School last July, is intent on raising the school in national rankings, and he doesn’t hesitate to say so. "If you don’t have a strategic goal," he says, "you end up fumbling."
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